Here are some of the headlines we’re following today:
A senior Obama administration official is acknowledging the collection of information on Verizon calls by the National Security Agency. The admission comes after the British newspaper the “Guardian” reported the NSA has been gathering data including numbers called, call duration and location. . The administration is defending the move saying it’s a critical tool in protecting the U.S. from terrorist threats.
Rescue crews have found another survivor of a Philadelphia building collapse. A 50-year-old woman was pulled from the rubble last night. At least six people were killed when a four-story building under demolition fell on a neighboring thrift store.
Tropical Storm Andrea is on track to menace Florida. As it nears, the potential increases for tornadoes across the central and southern areas of the state this morning. Andrea’s maximum sustained winds are 60 miles an hour. It’s about 140 miles south of Apalachicola [[ ap-uh-latch-eh-KOH-luh ]]. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for areas of the west coast of Florida. Andrea could dump as much as three to six inches of rain over much of the Florida peninsula and eastern sections of the panhandle.
Locally in South Florida, there some reports of tornadoes touching down very early in the morning. Expect Showers and thundershowers today. High near 85F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).
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